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Brandon Olsen’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft v1.0

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We’re now six weeks through the NFL season and the itch has struck for me to get back into the mock draft scene. Beofre I get started though, I’ll make some things clear about this mock draft.

1. The order is from Tankathon.

2. The picks were made through a variety of thought processes. Some picks were based on what I would personally do if I were making the pick. Picks were based on where I thought teams should go, positions of need, scheme fits. Heck, some picks I even made just because they would look fun.

3. As always with my mock drafts, there will be no trades projected until after the season.

4. Have fun and I hope you enjoy! Hit me up on Twitter @WNS_Brandon if you have any questions, comments, concerns, suggestions, etc.

1.1 New York Jets

Trevor Lawrence
(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The pick: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

This pick is not a knock on Sam Darnold (completely). Darnold is a product of his environment. Unfortuantely for him, his environment is East Rutherford/Florham Park, New Jersey. His career isn’t over by any means, but his time as a New York Jet very well might be. Assuming we see a new head coach of Gang Green, it’s likely we will see a new QB under center. Luckily for the Jets, that signal-caller could be Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence.

1.2 Washington Football Team

Penei Sewell

The pick: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

This was one of the easiest picks of the mock. WFT had Trent Williams as their starting left tackle for almost a decade, now they have Penei Sewell. Whoever is in at QB, they’ll have their left side protected for another decade plus.

1.3 New York Giants

Justin Fields

The pick: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

I think it’s no secret that I absolutely hated the Daniel Jones last year. That being said, I don’t despise what he does for the Giants currently. However, I do think that finishing with a top three pick means that Dave Gettleman will get fired, leaving a potential new GM/QB connection, much like the HC/QB connection for the Jets first rounder. Fields is the second-ranked QB on my board so I can’t say that I wouldn’t be happy if he wound up in blue.

1.4 Atlanta Falcons

Trey LAnce

The pick: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

The Atlanta Falcons are currently rolling with a 35-year old starting QB at the helm and a roster not ready to compete. Adding Trey Lance could give Matt Ryan time to be the starter before Lance is ready to take over as QB of the Falcons. The firing of both Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn opens the door for Trey Lance to be the next franchise quarterback.

1.5 Jacksonville Jaguars

Ja'Marr Chase

The pick: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Jaguars have found a reliable target in DJ Chark, but I’m not sure if he can be a consistent WR1. Adding Ja’Marr Chase early on gives Gardner Minshew a true #1 option, Chark would get relegated to the #2 option, and this offense gets significantly more threatening in the air.

1.6 Minnesota Vikings

MArvin Wilson

The pick: Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State

The Vikings have major needs on the interior of both the offensive and defensive lines. The need at guard is more pressing than the need at defensive tackle but the value is not there to take a a guard in the top ten. Marvin Wilson is a dominant force along the interior and should be able to step in from day one as a starter.

1.7 Miami Dolphins (via HOU)

Micah Parsons

The pick: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Micah Parsons has been the draft crush to a lot of analysts for quite some time now. The Dolphins add the athletic freak that’s also one of the more pro-ready prospects and Brian Flores has a new chess piece. This Dolphins team has been improving under Flores. Micah Parsons brings them just that much closer to relevancy.

1.8 Los Angeles Chargers

Caleb Farley

The pick: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

The Chargers lead the NFL in zone coverage last year. Casey Heyward and Chris Harris Jr. have the top two corner spots locked down for this year and next. Desmond King II is currently on the last year of his deal and there is no guarantee he comes back to LA next year.

Caleb Farley could step in and immediately replace King or if King re-signs, Farley could play sparingly in his rookie year before taking over for Harris after next year. The opportunities are there for Farley to earn a role and be a true value early in his career here.

1.9 Philadelphia Eagles

PAtrick Surtain II

The pick: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The Eagles have had a desperate need for both depth and talent in the secondary for years now. With Surtain II being available here, I don’t see how Howie Roseman can turn down the opportunity to draft him. Darius Slay has the top corner slot locked up in Philly but adding Surtain could give the Eagles his future replacement and a strong option to work opposite Slay.

1.10 Cincinnati Bengals

Quincy Roche

The pick: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

In a draft class that lacks edge talent, Gregory Rousseau stands above the rest. Carl Lawson is hitting his stride this season in Cincy and Carlos Dunlap is on the tail end of his career. Rousseau would be able to step into a rotational role for 2021 and maybe take over that starting role when Carlos Dunlap has his contract end.

1.11 Detroit Lions

Dylan Moses

The pick: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

2021 is a great year to need a linebacker. Adding Dylan Moses means that no matter who the head coach of the Detorit Lions is, they will have a versatile piece at the second level who could cover, tackle, and be the leader of this defense. With Jarrad Davis in a contract year, Moses could be primed to start immediately.

1.12 New England Patriots

Rondale Moore

The pick: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Before the loss to the Broncos, the Patriots were expected to pick 21st overall. Following the loss, the Patriots are now in prime position to draft the speed demon that is Rondale Moore. I know it’s not likely for the Patriots to put too much draft capital into the wide receiver spot, but times are changing and the Patriots will likely adapt.

Moore is a freak athlete that should thrive in today’s NFL. Teams want to get athletes in space, Rondale Moore is someone that fits perfectly into that role.

1.13 Denver Broncos

Tyson Campbell

The pick: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Mecole Hardman, Henry Ruggs III, Mike Williams. Those are just some of the receivers that live in the AFC West. The Broncos need to add talent and youth to their secondary. Tyson Campbell is the perfect man for the job. Campbell has the speed to keep up with most of those receivers. Perhaps more importantly, Campbell loves stepping up and making tackles, perfect for those screens, tap passes, and sweeps.

1.14 Miami Dolphins

Jaylen Waddle

The pick: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Tua Tagovailoa saw his first playing time in the NFL yesterday. Today, I’m mocking the Dolphins to add Jaylen Waddle to their roster to add some familiarity with Tua and speed. Waddle might be the fastest player in the 2021 Draft and the Dolphins will find ways to get him involved in the offense.

1.15 Carolina Panthers

Paulson Adebo

The pick: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

I will admit that this pick is one of my favorite scheme fits I could find. Adebo is the perfect cornerback for this zone-heavy Panthers defense. The pick might be a little bit of a stretch but in certain situations, like this one, I think getting a scheme fit outweighs the fact that a team is slightly reaching.

1.16 San Francisco 49ers

Creecd Humphrey

The pick: Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma

This 49ers roster does not have a ton of holes. They have been demolished by injuries throughout this entire season so if they end up picking this early, they actually pick up a huge win. Creed Humphrey would step in and be an immediate starter somewhere on this 49ers offensive line.

1.17 Las Vegas Raiders

Quincy Roche

The pick: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

Quincy Roche is listed as an undersized (235 pounds) edge rusher but he plays like he weighs 20-30 pounds more. Explosive, smart, and strong, Roche would be a great secondary rusher lining up opposite Maxx Crosby. Roche’s presence would also allow the Raiders to slide Clelin Ferrell inside more often to juice up the pass rush a bit.

1.18 Arizona Cardinals

Shaun Wade

The pick: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick are on the final year of their contracts. We can assume that even if the Cardinals don’t re-sign one of those veterans, they will sign one in free agency. Adding Shaun Wade gives the Cardinals a young option who can work on the inside and outside of the secondary.

1.19 Dallas Cowboys

Ar'Darius Washington

The pick: Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU

This might be the most surprising pick of this mock draft for most people. If you have ever read any of my tweets, you know this is not a surprise. Ar’Darius Washington is the top safety on my board. The versatility that Washington would bring to the Cowboys secondary immediately improves this quality of this defense and provides them with the quality safety play they’ve been missing. He’s a bit undersized but hey, if you can ball, you can ball.

1.20 New Orleans Saints

Kyle Trask

The pick: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

This was a fun pick for me. Sure, maybe Kyle Trask isn’t quite a first-round pick YET. Trask is however QB4 right now and he’s on the fringe of reaching that first round range.

Do you have a question about the arm strength that Kyle Trask possesses? Watch one Saints game over the past five years and tell me that Kyle Trask can’t reach the areas of the field that Drew Brees does. Velocity might be an issue, Trask obviously doesn’t have the accuracy or mind that Drew Brees has. However, Kyle Trask has the raw talent to make the same plays with more mobility (not a ton, but more) and if any offense is perfect for Kyle Trask, it’s the Saints.

1.21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Alex LEatherwood

The pick: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Donovan Smith hates quarterbacks. He has hated them for years and he still hates them. Tristan Wirfs has been a stud of a right tackle, the Bucs would benefit greatly by adding another young talented tackle to their roster.

1.22 Cleveland Browns

Christian BArmore

The pick: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

The primary question for Christian Barmore coming into this season was how he would perform as a full-time starter. That question has been answered by Barmore. Barmore is finally a starter on this defensive line and he’s been causing chaos in opposing backfields. The Browns bring in Barmore here to juice up their defensive line and speed up their pass-rush.

1.23 Indianapolis Colts

Jamie NEwman

The pick: Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia

I don’t know if the Colts have plans to stick with Jacob Eason or if they want to draft a new quarterback but based on the film I’ve watched of Jacob Eason, I’m giving them a quarterback here. Newman is another fringe-first rounder for me but like Trask, being a quarterback adds to their value. Newman is a mobile quarterback that could stand to improve his accuracy, but he could find his way with talented options on this offense and a strong offensive line.

Newman opted out to prepare for the NFL Draft and I think he might be someone who benefits a ton from it. If he commits to improving his accuracy during this time, he can climb boards easily.

1.24 Buffalo Bills

Wyatt Davis

The pick: Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

The Bills have made tremendous strides since last season offensively. They could use a little more talent up front so that’s where Wyatt Davis steps in. Davis can come in and start early on in this offense. Wyatt Davis can destroy people at will in college. He might struggle to do so early on in the pros, but don’t be surprised if he eventually reaches that level.

1.25 Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)

Kyle Pitts

The pick: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Earlier on in this mock draft, I gave the Jaguars Ja’Marr Chase. Later on in the first round, I’m adding Kyle Pitts to this offense and adding even more talent to the skill positions. Pitts is a Y-receiver type, more than a traditional in-line tight end, but offenses are trending that way anyway. Adding Pitts to this offense makes them even more lethal in the air and should cause some defensive coordinators to throw fits.

1.26 Kansas City Chiefs

Dilon Radunz

The pick: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

Eric Fisher has his contract expiring after next season. The Chiefs have spent an absurd amount of money on retaining top players recently and could have to let some players walk in free agency as a result of the salary cap. Drafting Radunz now could give him a season to develop and learn behind Fisher and Schwartz before he eventually steps in as a starter.

1.27 Green Bay Packers

DeVonta Smith

The pick: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Aaron Rodgers asked for some weapons before the draft last year and the Packers completely ignored him. If this offense wants to take the next step and be truly one of the most dominating forces in the NFL, adding a wide receiver in the 2021 Draft is a must.

1.28 Baltimore Ravens

Rashod Bateman

The pick: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Ravens spent draft picks recently on guys like Hollywood Brown and Devin Duvernay, who can straight up outrun just about anyone on the planet. Adding Bateman however gives the Ravens a more traditional receiver that can work on the outside as a reliable option for Lamar Jackson.

1.29 Chicago Bears

Jaycee Horn

The pick: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

I hate seeing the Bears pick this late. Horn had a late second-early third going into the season for me. He’s done a tremendous job at improving his stock all year but against Auburn he really did himself a favor. Horn was targeted eight times against Auburn, allowed two catches, forced five incompletions, and had two interceptions. It was a coming out party for Horn and he could have worked himself into the first round. He even got the attention of reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore.

1.30 Pittsburgh Steelers

Jay Tufele

The pick: Jay Tufele, DL, USC

At 6’3 315 pounds, Tufele offers solid size for a defensive tackle but where he really shines is at the point of impact with offensive linemen. Few college players are as talented as Tufele is when it comes to making contact, shedding blocks, and finding the football. Whether it’s against the run or pass, Tufele has a ton of potential for disrupting an offense.

1.31 New York Jets (via SEA)

Terrace MArshall Jr.

The pick: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

Marshall was a bit overshawdowed last year by the rest of the LSU’s NFL-caliber receiver group but he’s come into his own this season. Terrace Marshall has been nothing short of dominant despite inconsistency at the quarterback position for LSU. If he keeps producing this level of tape, this might be late for him.

1.32 Tennessee Titans

Pat Freiermuth

The pick: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

The Tennessee Titans have had multiple tight ends on the field for 33% of their offensive snaps in 2020. Adding a weapon like Pat Freiermuth means the Titans can stick to the same style of offense they’ve been running but making it significantly better and make their passing game more intimidating.

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